Diary of a Narcissistic Misanthrope

I like to think I’m an acquired taste, like old whiskey or arsenic in your tea

My name is Clarence (Hello), born in 1988, i got my undergrad degree in Sociology (with a concentration in Women's Studies) and I'm utterly terrified. I'm scared of everything, people, my own feelings and sometimes even being but really there's nothing much to be done about that despite what I say. And I will say a lot about how my life has no meaning and i want to die (which is the majority of the time) but sometimes it seems like life is worth living for and everything in it is a spectacular explosion of awe inspiring wonder (which is usually a three week span some time in March). If it seems odd to read think what it might be like living it. So to get off the topic of terror I prefer stories es. I like to read them, I love to live in them and there is nothing better to me than a story so I guess this blog is a story mostly about me. Don't bother trying to find themes, connection or messages in what I post cause there really aren't any (unless they are completely accidental).

This blog is a story about what I find, what I feel and what I think so to that end I collect things to post or reblog. Its not meant to be anything truly meaningful or interconnected, just fun (mostly fun for me if you don't like it you can fuck right off) This is collection of all the the weird and interesting links from around the net that I find, comics, technology, comedy, current events, sociology, general geek/nerd interest, and more weird stuff. I think it makes for the closest representation to who I am that I've ever done and it just keeps growing bigger which is most of the fun. Please feel free to talk to me and don't mind the depressive tone i will probably be using. I like to think I'm somewhat fun if also a complete idiot.
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Last time I heard of Occupy was the Occupy Sandy group, where did all of that go?


I understand the message they were tryna send across with this, and support it. However, a simple pie chart could have sufficed, because I really hate this graphic. It’s simplistic and ignorant—stuff like this is a huge part of why I disavowed myself from the Occupy movement a long time ago. 

Beyond all the standard critiques of statistics like this (namely ignoring issues of race, gender, orientation, citizenship, and the vast quality of life divide between people of the 75% and people at the bottom 3%), transposing it on top of a map of the US is really messed up. Conflating power with ownership (be it wealth or land, which is now conveniently muddled for the viewer) is dangerous because (a) it’s not true and (b) it in no way equals justice in any substantive form (great examples of why equal shares of a pie don’t equal justice are found in affirmative action debates). 

now that wealth/land ownership concepts are sufficiently muddled, the anticipated viewer response would be to sense that this breakdown of the pie isn’t fair—the country belongs to each its citizens, right? and God forbid the “poorest 90%” are all corralled into the metaphoric Deep South and along the Mexican border (way to play on racialized ideas of poverty, Occupy)! 

I don’t know if it’s sloth or fear that keeps Occupy graphic designers from producing a real map of land ownership, considering it could be very indicative of wealth distribution. What that map would show is that overwhelmingly US land is comprised into three categories: government owned, corporate owned, and small private landholdings. the former two comprise a vast area of this nation’s land base, though what the third category shows is what I’m most interested in for the purposes of Occupy. if we break down small private landholdings into whether the occupants own the property or not, the distribution of wealth/land would show geographic inequities too powerful to ignore. and then maybe let’s get crazy and add in toxic waste sites (largely corporate owned and state-regulated)—what you’ll see is that some of the poorest areas of the US (Louisiana’s Cancer Alley, the rural Southwest, etc) are home to vast tracts of toxic waste (designated Sacrificial Lands). then if we add in racial demographics, you’ll find that those areas *just happen to* be primarily populated by POC (tell me what the difference between Sacrificial Lands and Sacrificial Peoples is again?)

what’s this—a breakdown in the 90%??? suddenly suburban white boys who were raised on a $70,000 per year salary don’t have so much to victimize themselves with! guess they’ll have to actually stand in solidarity with POC and actual ~poor~ people! (but that would be too much to ask right?)

finally, this conflation of wealth/land/power totally feeds into a colonial-imperial narrative of what equality and justice mean. when it comes to land and wealth ownership in the US (which by the way are totally linked, even beyond this horrible graphic, considering the bulk of wealth in the US has historically come from exploitation of land and obviously colonialism), equal pie slices is not equality. To paraphrase Winona LaDuke, we need a whole new pie, not different slices. Equality means each and every resident is treated like a human being, and a huge chunk of that is recognizing indigenous sovereignty and land rights. All of that land is indigenous land, and that wealth has come from the theft and exploitation of indigenous lands, as well as the exploitation of POC (what wealth would even exist in the US without the mass enslavement of Black and Native peoples, without the ongoing exploitation of brown laborers today?). this graphic is whitewashed neocolonial bullshit, totally unthinking and insensitive to POC histories, experiences, and struggles.  

the presupposition of “they would own this and this,” and “we would own this” is beyond privileged. the concept of a ‘we’ in the 90% needs to be extensively interrogated, because at this point it doesn’t exist, and the assumption of ownership is racist colonial ignorance.

next time just do a fucking pie chart—at least then it will only be slightly racist problematic

(via nitanahkohe)


Union Square is PACKED right now. Or shall we say, occupied.

Society underestimates the degree of bravery required to be a journalist. In the modern world, the notion of killing the messenger ought to just be a quaint metaphor, not a valid and accepted tactic. Freedom of speech is protected not even just for them to have leave to speak, but because the rest of us need to hear.

Kent, from Keene, N.H.

One of the 16,000 messages sent to the 70 journalists arrested during Occupy protests nationwide.

via Save the News:

For too long we have taken the First Amendment for granted, but increasingly we are taking responsibility for it. In the last few months, more than 40,000 Free Press members sent letters and made phone calls to their mayors, demanding that charges be dropped for the nearly 70 journalists who have been arrested while trying to cover Occupy protests nationwide.

We then asked people to write directly to the arrested journalists themselves, to stand with them and the organizations fighting to protect the First Amendment. Sixteen thousand people responded. This week we are delivering those messages to all those who have been detained.

(via futurejournalismproject)


Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi — he who coined the immortal phrase about Goldman Sachs being a “bloodsucking vampire” — spoke at an Occupy Wall Street rally today. Via Taibbi’s blog:

Occupy Wall Street is kicking off a new series of actions today, and as part of the campaign, I’m going to be speaking at Bryant Park at 11 a.m., through about noon, when a march will begin.

The topic is Too-Big-To-Fail banks, and Bank of America in particular.

The Twitters were abuzz with reports from his speech. We’re going to post a few of Taibbi’s thoughts about Bank of America via Twitter.

(via occupywallstreet)

It is always morally superior, [Gandhi] insisted, to oppose injustice through non-violent means than through violent means. However, to oppose injustice through violent means is still morally superior to not doing anything to oppose injustice at all.

“And Gandhi was talking about people who were blowing up trains, or assassinating government officials. Not damaging windows or spray-painting rude things about the police.

Prof. David Graeber, Anthropologist/ anarchist/ scholar-activist (via rethinkcapitalism)

(via sociolab)


Must see, this is what our future is about.

(via sociolab)


35% Myth: Tax Cheater Hall of Shame

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)